Lloyd E. Nissley

Lloyd E. Nissley (BS Elec Egr ’58), 79, died June 18, 2011, in San Diego, Calif. Lloyd was born on March 22, 1932, in a log home occupied by the Nissley family since they emigrated from Germany in 1847 to settle on a farm near the small village of Bridgewater, Mich. Nissley attended the Bridgewater one-room school and the Saline (Mich.) High School.

After graduating high school in 1950, Nissley joined the U.S. Navy. He was discharged at the rank of Electronics Technician First Class in 1954 and enrolled at Michigan State University. Upon graduation, he moved to San Diego where he designed space flight control systems for some 20 years. His designs were used on several hundred early rocket and satellite flights. He worked another 20 years in a variety of other high technology industries.

He married Maria C. Gallegos in 1960. The couple enjoyed flying their small plane around the United States and on numerous trips to Mexico and Central American countries to take aerial photographs of archaeological sites for classes taught by Maria. They also traveled extensively using conventional transportation. Nissley attended night school to earn an MBA degree in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Maria C. Nissley, and one sister, Marlene J. Naebeck, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.